How Chelsea Might Spend Their £100 Million Transfer Kitty

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How Chelsea Might Spend Their £100 Million Transfer Kitty
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He may only have a few days left as Chelsea manager, but in a pair of brush-strokes Rafael Benitez has painted a picture of what the Premier League side might look like next season.

First, there was the hint he dropped that Jose Mourinho would be returning to Stamford Bridge ahead of next season.

“It’s not my concern what will happen next season,” he told reporters (via BBC) in a press conference earlier this month. “The next year there will be another manager. I think everybody knows who will be here.” 

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Rafael Benitez has hinted Chelsea could have a sizable transfer warchest going into the summer.

Then, on Thursday, the 53-year-old speculated during an interview with Spanish radio station Onda Cero that the incoming Chelsea boss would have a significant amount of money to spend during the summer transfer period.

“Chelsea will be much better next season because they will spend £100 million and they will sign three or four players,” he said, via the Mirror

At least £20 million of that is likely earmarked for Bayer Leverkusen playmaker Andre Schurrle, according to the Daily Mail.

The versatile 22-year-old attacker has scored 11 Bundesliga goals this season, assisted on seven others and has been one of the primary factors in the North Rhine-Westphalia side’s return to the Champions League Group Stage.

Nine days ago, Leverkusen general manager Wolfgang Holzhauser went so far as to say Schurrle had probably agreed a pre-contract deal with Chelsea some time ago, via The Sun

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Andre Schurlle is at or near the top of Chelsea's shopping list.

And while the Blues already have both Fernando Torres and Demba Ba up front and are expecting Romelu Lukaku to play a full season at the club following a spell on loan at West Bromwich Albion, there could still be another striker or two heading to the London club over the coming months.

Radamel Falcao was thought to be at the top Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich’s list, but with the Colombian set to complete a move to Monaco (via the Daily Mail), attention has turned to Robert Lewandowski and Edinson Cavani.

Lewandowski, 24, is second in the Bundesliga scoring race to Stefan Kiessling heading into the final weekend. He has bagged 65 goals in all competitions the last two seasons and has a pair of Bundesliga winners’ medals as well. Next week he’ll play in the Champions League Final for Borussia Dortmund against Bayern Munich, who just happen to be one of the clubs interested in acquiring him, according to Goal.com.

But Chelsea are keen on his signature as well, and they may try to talk Dortmund into swapping him for playmaker Kevin De Bruyne—who has been on loan at Werder Bremen all season—plus cash, according to The Evening Standard

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Chelsea are just one of the clubs keen on acquiring Napoli's Edinson Cavani.

Cavani, meanwhile, is about to complete another illustrious campaign at Napoli. His 28 goals paces Serie A, and it has been widely speculated that he’ll be departing the Italian top flight at the end of the season.

Chelsea are one of the clubs that have been linked to him in the past, although Metro is reporting that the Italian television channel Mediaset says it would take at least £42.5 million to pry him from Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis

Finally, should Mourinho in fact make his Stamford Bridge return in July, there’s a chance he could bring Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso with him.

Alonso, 31, is widely considered to be among the world’s top defensive midfielders, and with his contract at the Bernabeu set to expire a year from now, he may be available at a cut-rate price, according to The Independent.

While Mourinho has often squabbled with Madrid icons Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos, Alonso is one establishment player with whom he has always got along, and with Chelsea deep in attacking talent, the World Cup winner might be just the player to make sure it all holds together.

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